FAQ’s

  • What is powder coating?

    Powder Coating is a type of coating that is applied as a free-flowing dry powder. The coating is typically applied electrostatically and is then placed under heat to allow it to cure and form a film. The powder may be a thermoset or a thermoplastic polymer. It is usually used to create a hard highly durable finish that is tougher than conventional paint. Powder coating is also more environmentally friendly than other coating or painting methods because it eliminates VOC (volatile organic compounds).

  • What are some examples of powder coated items?

    We are surrounded by powder coated parts: patio furniture, store shelving, fencing, metal furniture, light fixtures, appliances, and bridge materials are all examples of items that are commonly powder coated for superior corrosion resistance and durability.

  • What advantage does powder coating offer over wet painting methods?

    There are several advantages to powder coating over conventional liquid coatings:

    1. Powder coatings emit zero or near zero volatile organic compounds (VOC)

    2. Powder coatings can produce much thicker coatings than conventional liquid coatings without running or sagging

    3. Powder coating overspray can be recycled and this is possible to achieve nearly 100% use of the coating

    4. Powder coating production lines produce less hazardous waste than conventional liquid coatings

    5. Powder coated items generally have fewer appearance differences between horizontally coated surfaces than liquid coated items

    6. A wide range of special effects are easily accomplished which would be impossible to achieve with other coating processes

    7. Capital equipment and operating costs for a powder line are generally less than for conventional liquid ones

  • Are there different types of powder?

    The two main types of powder coatings are thermoplastic and thermoset. In each of the two, there are a variety of sub-groups. The most popular among thermosets are polyester and epoxy. Epoxy is best for indoor or chemical resistant applications. It provides a hard, highly durable shiny finish. Disadvantages appear, however, when it is exposed to UV light – these items tend to chalk and dull over time. Polyester coatings weather well, look great and are resistant to abrasions. Thermoplastics that Colourific Coatings can apply include polyethylene, nylon, and polyvinylchloride.

  • What does your powder base consist of?  Do you apply Teflon®?

    We coat with polyester, polyurethane, epoxy hybrid powders, polyethylene, nylon, and FBE. Our process requires powder to be electro-statically applied and cured in an oven with temperatures reaching 400°F. Unfortunately, we cannot coat with Teflon® (polytetrafluoroethylene) as it requires a curing temperature greater than 400°F.
    Teflon® is a trademark or a registered trademark of DuPont™ or its affiliates.

  • I am looking for a very specific colour, how large is your selection?

    As custom powder coaters, we can match thousands of colours using our many powder suppliers, and our large in-stock selection. With high, medium, and low gloss, metallic, standard RAL, textured, and clear powders, there is no limitation on the selection of powder coating finishes available. 

  • What colours do you do most often?

    We have “standard colours” which we run more frequently. These include: black, white, grey and yellow, all in their high-gloss form, as well as semi-gloss white, semi-gloss black and sandex black.

  • What is the maximum size and weight that you can powder coat?

    The maximum size that we can coat is 40 inches wide (centered) by 72 inches high, by 30 feet long. The maximum part weight is 600 pounds.

  • How quickly can you turn my work around?

    Depending on the colour, number of pieces and our work schedule it is possible to turn jobs around on the same day. However, in general, coating takes about three to four business days after the product arrives. We will provide you with the fastest turnaround time possible when we quote your job.

  • Do you provide chemical or mechanical removal of previous finishes?

    We do not provide metal stripping services at Colourific, nor can our pre-treatment process remove previous finishes, steel oxidation or mill scale.  The only solution is mechanical or chemical re-finishing of the substrate, which cannot be done at Colourific. 

  • Is it necessary for materials to be shipped to Colourific to be processed?

    Yes. Products must be powder coated on site at Colourific. All material must be hung on our production line to be properly cleaned, coated, and cured.

  • Do you do any wet painting or chrome plating?

    As we are an environmentally-friendly company, we only apply powder coatings to metal substrates. However, we have the ability to apply a chrome-free conversion coating to aluminum substrates that gives a level of protection that can equal or exceed traditional chrome specifications.